Rajiv Gandhi behind IT revolution: Rahul Gandhi
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said it was his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who was responsible for the IT revolution in India.
Addressing a meeting of the Congress workers in Belgaum district of Karnataka, Rahul said: "Rajiv Gandhiji took up the IT and computer development in 1980. At that time the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) laughed at him and said computer will not remove poverty."
"Now BJP comes and claims India can become the IT super power," said Rahul.
Pertinently, BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had on Friday batted for IT revolution in India.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Modi on Friday wooed India Inc. and sought its support in digitizing the country.
Information Technology and its unparallel impact on the India of tomorrow was at the core of Modi's address to the IT professionals at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum (NILF) 2014, on Friday morning.
Speaking on the theme of transforming India through technology, Modi addressed the session via video-conference, and spoke about the need to bring about the IT revolution in India, considering the fact that the country had all the basics required for this.
He also urged NASSCOM to get actively engaged in this pursuit.
"I see the role of IT as a change agent. It empowers, connects and can binds isolated parts of India and create harmony. IT can join people with governments, bridge the gap between demand and supply, and can bring us closer to knowledge," said Modi.
Signifying the current day relevance of IT in the corporate world, Modi said that it is a known fact that those corporate houses where information goes freely from bottom to top and where effective guidance comes from top to bottom succeed.
He spoke of his confidence in the impact and effectiveness of IT by stating, "I keep saying IT+ IT= IT (Indian Talent+ Information Technology = India Tomorrow). The IT sector can be the shining light of Brand India."
Modi underscored the significance of IT in the domain of e-governance, while also stating the tremendous impact it could have in grievance redressal.
"E-governance can bring minimum government and maximum governance. It is easy, effective and economic governance. It brings empowerment, equity and efficiency of the economy. It is a very useful field that can be the greatest problem solver of people," said Modi, while sharing his concern that most leaders in power today were further confusing the issues rather than bringing solutions.
(Posted on 15-02-2014)
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